Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Blackbean and Tortilla Bake


(Servings 6)


* 3 garlic cloves, minced
* 1/2 cup chopped onion
* 1 cup chopped fresh tomato or fire roasted tomatoes from a can
* 1/2 cup chopped green onion
* 1 teaspoon chili powder
* 3 tablespoons cumin powder
* 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
* 2 (16 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
* 1 (8 ounce) can Mexican corn
* chopped cilantro
* salt and pepper
* 12 soft corn tortillas
* 12 oz ounces low-fat shredded cheddar cheese, shredded (sometimes I use a little more)


Prep Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 35-40 mins

1. 1 Preheat oven to 350* F.
2. 2 Spray a large skillet with cooking spray.
3. 3 Add garlic, onions, tomato, green onion, cumin, and chili powder.
4. 4 Cook on medium heat until onion is tender.
5. 5 Add tomato sauce and cook 5 minutes more.
6. 6 Stir in beans, cilantro, salt and pepper.
7. 7 Spray a 9 inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
8. 8 Layer 4 tortillas, 1/3 cheese, and 1/3 of the bean mixture; repeat 2 more times.
9. 10 Bake 20 minutes, covered, then 10-15 minutes uncovered or until bubbly.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Vegetarian "Meat"balls


* 4 eggs, slightly beaten
* 1/2 (1 1/4 ounce) envelope Lipton Onion Soup Mix
* 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
* 3/4 cup chopped walnuts (ground up fine or u will have a crunchy texture)
* 1 cup dry Italian style breadcrumbs
* 2 (1 1/4 ounce) envelopes vegetarian broth or vegetable bouillon cubes
* 1/4 small onion finely chopped


1. Mix ingredients together in order.
2. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
3. Form into 1-1/4 inch balls and place on baking sheet sprayed with Pam.
4. Bake in 400 degree oven until brown, about 20 minutes. (Turn frequently, will brown fast)
5. (May be frozen now.) Place meatballs in casserole and cover with 2-3 cups boiling water and 2 vegetable bouillon cubes or envelopes vegetarian brown broth.
6. Meatballs should be within 1/2 inch of being covered with liquid.
7. Bake, covered, at 350 degrees for 1 hour (1-1/2 hrs if meatballs are frozen).

Another way to prepare them: After step 4, I like to saute garlic and green peppers along with the "meat"balls in olive oil and then add my favorite spaghetti sauce and top over pasta, yum!


Place in crockpot after step 4 and add your own sauce (sweet and sour,etc.) and cook for 1 hr. Longer if frozen.

Enjoy :)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Black Bean Chili


* 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
* 1 onion, diced
* 1 small green pepper, diced
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1/2 package of veggie"meat" crumbles
* 3 (15 ounce) cans black beans, undrained
* 1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes or Rotel
* 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
* 1 teaspoon dried oregano
* 1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
* 1 heaping tablespoon red wine vinegar
* 1 tablespoon of cumin


1. Heat the oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat; cook onion and garlic until onions are translucent. Add crumbles and cook, stirring, until brown. Stir in beans, tomatoes, chili powder, oregano, basil, cumin and vinegar. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 60 minutes or more, until flavors are well blended.

TIPS: Place in crock pot on simmer for several hours. Serves with warm cornbread, mmm. And don't forget to top with sour cream, green onions and cheese : )

Vegan Bean Taco Filling


* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 1 onion, diced
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 bell pepper, chopped
* 2 (14.5 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed, drained, and mashed
* 2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
* 1 1/2 tablespoons cumin
* 1 teaspoon paprika
* 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
* 1 teaspoon chili powder
* 1 cup salsa


1. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion, garlic, and bell pepper; cook until tender. Stir in mashed beans. Add the cornmeal. Mix in cumin, paprika, cayenne, chili powder, and salsa. Cover, and cook 5 minutes.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Spinach and Cheese Calzones



1 teaspoon olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3 cups coarse chopped fresh spinach
1 cup lowfat ricotta cheese
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (2 oz)
1/2 cup of mozzarella
1 tablespoon yellow cornmeal
1 recipe pizza dough or 1 tube refrigerated pizza dough
1 cup bottled marinara sauce (optional)


Heat oil in large skillet and cook the onion, covered, over medium-low heat, stirring until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook, uncovered, for 1 minute. Stir in the spinach and cook, stirring until the spinach is wilted, about 2 minutes.

Transfer the vegetables to a mixing bowl and stir in the ricotta,nutmeg, salt and cayenne. Then stir in the egg yolk, mozzarella and feta until blended. The filling can be made several hours ahead and refrigerated. (Return to room temperature before using.)

Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Sprinkle a large baking sheet with the cornmeal.

On a flat surface, roll or pat the pizza dough to a rough 12 or 14 inch square. Use a sharp knife or pizza wheel to cut the dough into 4 equal squares. Divide the filling among the dough squares, spooning it onto one diagonal half of each square and leaving about a 1/2" margin all around. Fold the top over to make a triangle and seal the edges by pressing with the tines of a fork. Use a small knife to make three slashes in the top of each calzone to allow steam to escape.

Place the calzone on prepared baking sheet and bake until a rich golden brown, 25-30 minutes. Serve warm with heated marinara sauce for dipping, if desired.

Serves 4.

"Turkey" wraps



* Whole wheat taco shells
* "Turkey" (sliced deli style)
* Sliced Provolone cheese
* Romaine lettuce
* Thinly sliced tomato
* Thinly sliced onions
* Ranch dressing (or cream cheese, reduced-fat mayo etc.)


Lay your tortilla flat and spread a thin layer of ranch dressing on. Add "turkey", Provolone, lettuce, tomato and onions. Roll up and slice in half at an angle. Enjoy : )

Grandma's Cheesy Potatoes



2 lb. frozen, cubed hash browns
1/4 cup chopped onions
1/4 cup butter
1 can cream soup (cream of mushroom, celery, potato, etc.)
1 cup low fat sour cream
1 cup 2% milk
2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

1 cup crushed cornflakes
5 tablespoons melted butter


Mix all ingredients (minus the melted butter and corn flakes) and place in a baking dish. Top with the crushed corn flakes and drizzle melted butter all over top. Bake at 400 degrees for 45-60 minutes or until bubbly!